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Assyut Travel Guide

The City of Assyut




Assyut, derived from Ancient Egyptian is a town in modern Assyut Governorate, Egypt. It is modern name is one of many borrowings in Egyptian Arabic from Coptic, the last living phase of Ancient Egyptian. In Graeco-Roman times, it was called Lycopolis or Lykopolis or Lyco.

The modern town is situated at coordinates 2711'00"N, 3110'00"E, while the ancient town is situated at coordinates 2710'00"N, 3108'00"E.

The city of Assyut has largely erased its own history. Scores of rock tombs west of city are the only sign of pharaonic Sawty, a nome capital which the Greeks renamed Lycopolis (Wolftown) after the local god, Wepwawet , "Opener of the Ways".

Usually represented as a jackal or wolf of the desert, he was an apt symbol for a town which later prospered from slavery, for it was here that survivors of the 40 days Road emerged from the desert to be traded wholesale.

The city of Assyut has a large Christian community and is the region's most important agricultural center, dealing in grain and cotton. The town of Assyut also has some carpet manufacturing industry. However the city of Assyut also has the home of the third largest university in Egypt.

But besides the ancient attractions near the city of Asyut, there is also Banana Island, which is a beautiful place to relax. However on the north edge of the town you will find the 19th century English barrage, which was built to control the Nile by regulating the flow of water into the Ibrahimiyya Canal. This Canal is an important source of irrigation water though out the region.

In the town Assyut there are tombs of many regional leaders may be found which document the area's historical significance.





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